upps resourcesAdverse Childhood Experiences Study

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente, is one of the largest national investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood trauma and adult health and wellbeing.

ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Center Task Force of Shelby County is a team of 40 local leaders dedicated to transforming the way our medical systems and policies address health and behavioral outcomes for ALL citizens.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study - Shelby County, TN

The ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County, along with Kaiser Permanente, conducted the ACE Survey in Summer 2014, the first of its kind in the Greater Memphis area.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Conversation with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Watch nationally known pediatrician and founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, discuss adverse childhood experiences as a public health issue.

ACE Lit Review: Memphis Data Partners March 14, 2014

Since the ACE study (1995-97), a joint project between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, research has shown that childhood trauma damages a child’s brain, impairing its development and function. These adverse childhood experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death, as well as poor quality of life.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Parenting Essentials for Toddlers and Preschoolers May 2014

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers (ages 2-4) is a free online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit the Website .

Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

Robin Karr-Morse (author), Meredith S. Wiley (contributor) First edition; 2012

The first years of human life are more important than we ever realized. In Scared Sick, Robin Karr-Morse connects psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and genetics to demonstrate how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood— when we are most helpless—lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood.

Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence Robin Karr-Morse & Meredith S. Wiley; Introduction by Dr. Vincent Felitti Revised edition; 2007

When Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence was published in 1997, it was lauded for providing scientific evidence that violence can originate in the womb and become entrenched in a child’s brain by preschool. The authors’ groundbreaking conclusions became even more relevant following the wave of school shootings across the nation including the tragedy at Columbine High School and the shocking subsequent shootings culminating most recently in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Memphis Aardvarks

Memphis Aardvarks provides children with a stimulating and fertile musical environment, positive role models, gentle guidance and encouragement to help them connect to the world in which they live.

Playback Memphis

Playback Memphis’ vision is to create a city connected by sharing and teaching nontraditional, but engaging communication methods as alternate coping mechanisms.